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Fishing with President and Mrs. Carter to Reach ZERO

October 23, 2018

CLARKSVILLE, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 23, 2018--Save lives and fish with the President. That was the incentive as the Patient Safety Movement Foundation partnered with the Carter Foundation for the fourth year in a row to eliminate preventable patient deaths in hospitals. The prize, as in previous years, was an exclusive private fishing trip with former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter in the Georgia Mountains.

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Winners of this year’s “Save lives and fish with the President” competition. (Photo: Business Wire)

The top three hospitals were selected based on their commitment to measurably save the highest number of lives through the implementation of processes that eliminate preventable deaths, such as the Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS), between January 2018 - August 2018.

“We appreciate the opportunity to celebrate those committed to saving lives and focused on achieving zero preventable deaths. I want to thank former President Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter for their continued support and dedication to protect patient safety. Their participation plays an important role in helping us reach our goal of zero preventable deaths by 2020,” said Joe Kiani, Chairman, and Founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation.

The fishing trip comes on the heels of new research. For the first time, new research published in September of this year shows that more people die from poor quality healthcare worldwide than from lack of access to healthcare. 1

“Patient safety concerns everyone, and I applaud the efforts of hospitals who are actively working to implement processes to make hospitals safer for everyone,” said President Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States.

Kiani added, “Hospitals that make the commitment to eliminate preventable patient deaths and are transparent about their progress are arguably safer than those that haven’t made the commitment and aren’t measuring. Thanks to the commitment of our 4600 hospitals globally, we are seeing regular improvements in patient safety and thus fewer lives saved due to their ongoing efforts.”

This year’s winners include:

For more information on the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, visit www.patientsafetymovement.org.

About the Patient Safety Movement Foundation

More than 200,000 people die every year in U.S. hospitals and 4.8 million worldwide in ways that could have been prevented. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation is a global non-profit which creates free tools for patients and hospitals. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation was established through the support of the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare to reduce that number of preventable deaths to ZERO. Improving patient safety will require a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including patients, healthcare providers, medical technology companies, government, employers, and private payers. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation works with all stakeholders to address the problems with actionable solutions for patient safety. The Foundation also convenes the World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit. The Summit brings together some of the world’s best minds for thought-provoking discussions and new ideas to challenge the status quo. By presenting specific, high-impact solutions to meet patient safety challenges, called Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, encouraging medical technology companies to share the data their products are purchased for, and asking hospitals to make commitments to implement Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation is working toward ZERO preventable deaths. Visit patientsafetymovement.org.

1 Kruk et al, Mortality due to low-quality health systems in the universal health coverage era; a systematic analysis of amenable deaths in 137 countries, The Lancet, 2018, https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)31668-4/fulltext

2 Office of the Surgeon General (US. (2008). The Surgeon General’s call to action to prevent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

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